Join us at our annual Harvest Festival on November 20th to support our new MicroConsulting Program! We will feature 11 small business owners that have been consulted by highly-skilled young professional volunteers. Over the past 7 weeks, the volunteers have worked with the small businesses to accomplish projects that will lead to business growth.
At the Harvest Festival, you’ll learn more about how Accion’s volunteers helped these business owners overcome their business challenges:
We’re excited to introduce this year’s participants:
Plaques by Azra – Azra Khalfan
Plaques by Azra specializes in the award and recognition industry, providing awards and services to corporate business, organizations, clubs, sport teams, leagues, religious centers and individual customers.
Challenge: Website Development and Optimization
Joa Swim LLC – Julie Joa
Using only the best imported fabrics from around the world, Julie’s company features swimwear with the American woman’s body in mind. Using only the best imported fabrics from around the world, Julie proudly manufactures her swimwear domestically.
Challenge: Branding and Website Development
Marilyn Tov – Marilyn Tov
This unique line of children’s clothing captures the memories of Marilyn Tov’s magical childhood in Paris and brings them to life in a graceful, and remarkably wearable, collection. With comfortable fabrics like double-knit cotton, touch-ably soft wool, and smooth silk lining, these clothes are made to be moved in, played in, and loved. In addition to the children’s line, Marilyn has recently added a women’s line.
Challenge: Online Sales
TM Baseball Academy – Yesenia Rodriguez
TM Baseball Academy trains and mentors hundreds of athletes. The academy teaches players of all ages and instills in them the confidence they need to succeed both on and off the field. TM Baseball Academy has helped many young athletes achieve their dreams by assisting them from High School to College. Some of the young men who have been drafted including Johnny Monell (S.F. Giants), Melvin Garcia (Toronto Blue Jays), Alibay Barkly (Angels) just to name a few.
Challenge: Financial Management
Puzzles for Us – Kevin Dunn
Puzzles for Us is an award-winning cultural education series that spotlights the rich historical legacy and ongoing contributions of people of color to the global community. The company specializes in the creation of exciting activity books, puzzle books, custom puzzles, workshops and other products that highlight these contributions in a colorful, engaging manner. Schools and organizations across the United States use Kevin’s cultural literacy resources.
Challenge: Marketing and Financial Management
Salty Road – Marisa Wu
Marisa started her salt-water taffy company, Salty Road, in the hot summer of 2011. Marisa’s taffy is unlike any other —- creamy like a milkshake with a distinct salt crystal crunch. Each batch is made by hand in Brooklyn.
Challenge: Sales strategy
Brewla Bars – Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove
Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove are a brother and sister team with over 15 years of experience in food science and technology. They created Brewla Bars, all natural popsicles with craft-brewed ingredients to utilize their skills in product development while filling creating a completely new kind of frozen treat. Rebecca rented space in the industrial kitchen at her old graduate school, decorated a rolling freezer, and Brewla Bars began.
Challenge: Financial management
Tiny Kitchen Brands LLC – Philip David Crouse
Tiny Kitchen Brands LLC produces and sells naturally crafted beverages. The company offers a range of flavored drinks made of natural ingredients and sweetened with organic cane sugar. It serves customers through dispensers at fast casual establishments and restaurants. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in New York.
Challenge: Sales Strategy
French’Encas – Simon Herfray
French’Encas is a French culinary company that provides professional culinary classes and also produces high quality pastries for catering and wholesale purposes. Chef Simon Herfray incorporated his business in November of 2013 after realizing there was an existing demand from shops, caterers, wedding halls, etc. who were looking for specialty desserts.
Challenge: Online Marketing and Business Plan Creation
Quasar Fashion Inc. – Maria Mejia
Quasar Fashion Inc is a company that specializes in handbag manufacturing. They make sample patterns, prototypes, small leather products and baby shoes.
Challenge: Online Sales